bathroom hooks

August 17th, 2009

There might not be much sewing going on in these parts, but there are little home fix-it things happening every day. Nothing like having a baby to make you fix the damn doorknob already (thank you, dear).  This little, vaguely eames, coat rack is in our bathroom–making it a towel rack really, but whatever. The idea is all Martha and it came from her book “Simple Home Solutions,” which I’m sure your local library has and you should check it out. I canceled my subscription to Living a few years ago because it seemed they just started recycling ideas over and over again. Turns out they picked the good ones and put them in this book and a few more might just show up here.

There were quite a few steps to make these simple looking hooks. When I bought the hooks at my awesomely helpful Ace hardware I asked them to hack off the tips of both the hooks (if you have a hacksaw you could do this yourself). Then I spray painted them white, because I didn’t know I wanted them white until after I got them home (they sell white ones, so I could have saved myself some inhaled fumes).  My husband helped me drill a hole in each wood ball–Martha doesn’t tell you how big the hole should be, but when you jam the ball on the end of the hook it should just fit. Then I painted and shellacked all the balls, fretted about the arrangement, and hung the suckers up. I have two more lower down for the kids that aren’t quite done yet, but they will get done unless I have this baby sometime soon. Yup, still pregnant over here even though I’m due today (hear that baby?!). Grannyma took the kids for a couple days, so all we are doing here is waiting. Quietly waiting.

Speaking of kids and Martha Stewart. This is project I wanted to do, but I don’t live near a place with lots of beautiful flat rocks and my local craft store didn’t really have that great of a selection. We actually bought our daughter dominoes for that “the new baby is here” present. Dominoes are a fantastic toy for preschoolers and I thought I’d share this project with all of you who live near a rocky shore, unlike us land locked Midwesterners.

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11 Responses to bathroom hooks

  1. Jenny says:

    LOVE the hooks! I found an old flour tin filled with old metal hooks at a yard sale and used those in the kids’ rooms. I just don’t have room in the bathroom for 4 towels racks so the hooks are behind their doors, low enough for them to hang up their own wet towels. (Yay! no more wet towels on the floor!)

    And the rock dominoes?? what a cool idea! Now I need to find an excuse to head to the river where I know there are tons of those rocks! Those’ll make great gifts!! Thanks for the idea!

    Good luck on the baby!

  2. molly says:

    adorable! might want to try these myself for my little guys room.

  3. Ali says:

    Top nesting going on there! If you want that babe out, I swear by fresh pineapple – worked for me!

  4. Cute hooks.

    Love the rock dominoes. Great idea. Next time I’m at the beach I’ll have to go on a hunt for flat rocks.

    Great website btw. :)

  5. norma says:

    sending much peace your way as your wait for a new loved one. blessings. n.

  6. Katie says:

    Love the colorful hooks. They’re so creative!

  7. Amy says:

    Wishing you joy, luck, and a speedy, pain-free delivery (while I’m wishing, I might as go all the way, right?!)…Wonderful tips, both of which I hope to use around my casa soon. And for me, a small glass of red wine did the trick, absolutely, both times! Sending best wishes to you and yours…

  8. Rach says:

    Great knobs, excellent chair patching and I hope you are all doing well.

  9. juniper says:

    Love the hooks, and the arrangement of colors. Does sound more complicated then I initially thought on seeing the photo- may have to find a second hand copy of the book, wish we had libraries like you have in Madison. Cool dominos idea!

  10. monica says:

    great hooks.

    and…. good luck with everything!!

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